Keyfix sponsors next generation of bricklayers

  • 31 May 2022

Keyfix is delighted to sponsor the Association of Brickwork Contractors (ABC) latest one-day training course in Installing Specialist DPC systems which is available exclusively to ABC Brickwork Contractors to support the company’s training requirements.

As part of its initiative to support apprentice retainment within the sector, Keyfix is providing ABC Brickwork Contractors with £10,500 to go towards the training of approximately 600 bricklayers.

ABC Members can use this towards training in a particular area of the trade where products have significantly changed in light of the review of fire safety following the Grenfell tower tragedy; Specialist DPC Systems.


John Duffin, Keyfix Managing Director, initiated this fund with ABC, saying: “Keystone Group, and all of our businesses, depend heavily on bricklayers. Therefore, we feel it’s our obligation to give back to the people who have played a huge part in our success as a group.”

“From conversations with relevant bodies in the industry we have found that not only is there a problem in keeping aspiring bricklayers in the trade, there is a huge problem around recruiting bricklayers.”

The course is for all ABC Brickwork Contractors who work on largescale projects which specify the use of non-combustible materials within the cavity.


The scope of this CITB-accredited training course will identify why these regulatory changes have occurred and are relevant, the different products on the market, and a practical session for installing a product to manufacturers specification.

The one-day course will comprise

– Half theory, half practical assessment
– Trainers come to site
– ABC will sort CITB grant rebate
– Certificates for learners
– CSCS competency for learners
– Any specialist DPC product can be used on site
– Available to all ABC Brickwork Contractors

With learner competencies stored, this course is a great solution for a more robust way to evidence installation compliance to main contractors in this area.

John adds: “Although Keyfix is not able to begin the bigger task regarding the recruitment, we want to play a part to assist the relevant bodies on their way to keeping brickwork apprentices in the industry.”

This investment by Keyfix is further proof that partnerships between business and training providers can provide brickwork specialists with the expertise required, as well as inspiring the next generation of bricklayers.

For ABC members wanting to access this fund, or for more information, please use the promotion area on The ABC Forum or contact [email protected]

To read about Keyfix’s Non-Combustible Cavity Tray System winning a Housebuilder Product Award, click here.

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